seminar series

Social Life of Climate Change

Seminar Series

These research seminars are interdisciplinary discussions around contemporary debates in the humanistic social sciences of climate change and the environment. Events take multiple formats, including standard seminar format as well as more engaged discussions of relevant readings and works in progress.

At present due to the current circumstances, seminars are taking place online via Zoom. The seminars are open to all. If you would like access to any of the upcoming seminars please email

The series is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Environment, the Department of Sociology and the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

It is organised by Dr Kasia Paprocki ( and Dr Austin Zeiderman ( of the Department of Geography and Environment and Dr Rebecca Elliott ( of the Department of Sociology. Please contact Dr Rebecca Elliott with any questions. Updates can be found on Twitter.


Past Seminars

Summer Term 2021

Dr Jesse M. Keenan, Tulane University School of Architecture

4 May 2021, 2-3:30pm

The (Applied) Epistemology of Resilience and Adaptation


Lent Term 2021

Dr Hannah Knox, Department of Anthropology, UCL

Tuesday 26 January, 1-2:30pm

Encountering Climate in Models and Materials

Dr Amelia Moore, Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island

Tuesday 16 February, 2-3:30pm

At the Island’s Edge: Living and Learning Within Intersectional Ecologies


Dr Debjani Bhattacharyya, Department of History, Drexel University

Tuesday 23 March, 2-3:30pm

Climate Futures’ Past: Insurance, Cyclones and Weather Knowledge in the Indian Ocean World

Michaelmas Term 2020

Professor J. Timmons Roberts, Department of Sociology and Institute at Brown for Environment & Society, Brown University 

Tuesday 13 October, 1-2:30pm, Zoom

The New U.S. Climate Battleground: Actors and Coalitions in the States


Professor James R. Elliott, Department of Sociology, Rice University

Tuesday 10 November, 4-5:30pm, Zoom

Damages Done: The Long-Term Impacts of Rising Disaster Costs on Wealth Inequality


Professor Veronica Strang, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University

Tuesday 1 December, 1-2:30pm, Zoom

Water Beings: From Nature Worship to the Current Environmental Crisis


Summer Term 2020

Professor Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK; Visiting Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

June 8 (1-2:30pm U.K. time)

The politics of climate change, uncertainty and transformation in marginal environments


Lent Term 2020

Professor Andrea Nightingale, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

January 27 (1-2:30pm)

Unruly landscapes of environmental change: imagining a future Himalaya

Professor Miriam Greenberg, Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz

17 February 2020 (1-2:30pm)

The Housing/Habitat Project: Tracing Impacts of the Affordability Crisis in the Wildlands of Exurban California


Michaelmas Term 2019

Dr Gökçe Günel, Department of Anthropology, Rice University 

21 October (6-7:30pm) 

Book Launch: Spaceship in the Desert


Professor Paige West, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University 

4 November (1-2:30pm)

A prayer for the world: Climate change, engaged scholarship and writing the future


Dr Daniel Aldana Cohen, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

11 November (1-2:30pm)

Follow the Carbon: Housing Movements and Carbon Emissions in the 21st Century City


Dr Andrew Curley, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2 December (1-2:30pm)

What is a Resource Curse?: Energy, infrastructure, colonialism, and climate change in Native North America


Summer Term 2019

Dr Nayanika Mathur, Department of School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, Oxford

13 May, 1-2:30pm

Crooked Cats: Human-Big Cat Entanglements in the Anthropocene


Lent Term 2019

Dr Jesse Goldstein, Department of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

4 February, 1-2:30pm

From Planetary Improvement to Energy Abolition: Against and beyond the Transparent Energy of Whiteness


Dr Sarah Knuth, Department of Geography, Durham University

4 March, 1-2:30pm

Rentiers of the Green Economy? Placing Rent in Clean Energy Transition


Professor James McCarthy, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University

18 March, 1-2:30pm

Renewing accumulation? Political economies and ecologies of renewable energy


Michaelmas Term 2018

Dr Malini Ranganathan, School of International Service, American University

8 October, 1-2:30pm

From Urban Resilience to Abolitionist Climate Justice in Washington, DC


Professor Elizabeth Shove, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

12 November, 1-2:30pm

DEMAND: Exploring the dynamics of energy, mobility and demand


Dr Megan Black, Department of International History, LSE

3 December, 1-2:30pm

Divided Legacies of the Landsat Satellite: The Origins of a Climate Science Tool in American Mineral Exploits, 1965-1980


Summer Term 2018

Dr Anne Rademacher, Program in Environmental Studies and Department of Anthropology, New York University

2 May, 4:30-6pm

Building Green: Forging Environmental Futures in Mumbai


Dr Liz Koslov, Comparative Media Studies, MIT

4 June, 4:30-6pm

The Fight for Retreat: Urban Unbuilding in the Era of Climate Change